One of the trickiest part of looking after your plants during the colder months is definitely watering. If you are not careful, your favourite string of turtles can rot within a few days! Here are a few quick tips on how to water your plants properly.
Let the soil dry out
We are approaching the colder months with less daylight, most indoor plants will transition into a dormant stage. As they are less active, they do not require as much as water as they do in the warmer months. You may notice some plants will take longer for the soil to dry out, especially the larger ones.
On the contrary, if your indoor space has constant heating and is in dry conditions, make sure you check if your plant is drying out quicker than usual. A great way to check if you plant is ready for watering is to place your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle. If the soil is still damp, you can skip watering for a week. If it is dry, make sure you give you plants a drink.
One of the main culprits of indoor plants fatalities is plants being waterlogged and hence rot from it. If there is any excess water under the pot or within the saucer, make sure you clear that out. A sign that your plant is deteriorating is that the roots are turning brown and mushy. This means they are actually not having enough oxygen and has rotted.
Plants are very expressive species. If they are ever struggling with no water or too much water, they will tell you!
The first thing to check is whether your indoor plants have growth. Despite the less daylight and colder temperature, plants still grow.
For under-watered plants, they will start wilting as there is not enough water in the plant cells to support the whole plant structure. Then, you will notice brown, crunchy leaves usually on the lower part of the plant. This means the plant really needs a drink.
For over-watered plants, first signs are leaving turning yellow, then brown and mushy leaves may appear.
Know your plants
Every plant has its own watering requirement depending on the indoor conditions, such as, lighting and dryness. Attractive tropical foliage like Elephant Ears, Calatheas and thrives in frequent watering and high humidity. Not only do they love growing in moist soil, they'd also love a spray of water during these dryer months.
Succulents and cacti, such as, snake plants, string of turtles can be kept on the dry side up to 3-4 weeks around this time of the year.
Learning the needs of your indoor plants is the key to keeping them happy and alive!